Research Assistant

Fort Worth, TX
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


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Job Title
Research Assistant

N Tx Eye Research Institute - 304400

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Department Overview
The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is located in the cultural district of Fort Worth, Texas. UNTHSC is nationally recognized for its medical and graduate student education. UNTHSC currently has 5 schools, including the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UNT System College of Pharmacy, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Health Professionals. The North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) is an internationally recognized independent institute at UNTHSC. NTERI is committed to: educate our future health care providers, cutting-edge multidisciplinary visual sciences biomedical research, graduate training, and community outreach. Current NTERI research facilities span 16,000 square feet of laboratory space. A new NTERI research facility is being constructed for 25 NTERI faculty, with 23,000 sq. ft. of interdisciplinary labs and a 20,000 sq. ft. vivarium. Our independent and collaborative research programs are funded through the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, private industry, and numerous private foundations.

NTERI currently consists of 17 full-time faculty, 12 graduate students, 3 postdoctoral fellows, and research staff who are actively conducting research in the visual sciences. We also have specific NTERI Core Facilities. The Institute has 16 associate faculty members including local ophthalmologists, optometrists, faculty at other academic institutions, and industry scientists. The four major goals of NTERI are to: (1) preserve vision and cure eye diseases through interdisciplinary research, (2) educate future visual science researchers, (3) educate and work with the community to combat impaired vision, and (4) provide high quality eye care to the community.

Position Details
The North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) Department at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is seeking to hire a Research Assistant to join our team. The Research Assistant assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories; set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, and record results. May assist in analyzing organic or non-organic substances.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

Representative Tasks
* Assist in the conduct of research, including the collection of information and samples.
* Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings.
* Keep detailed logs of all work-related activities.
* Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, or high-technology industrial applications to perform work duties.
* Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas.
* Set up, clean, and maintain, laboratory and field equipment.
* Measure or weigh compounds and solutions for use in testing.
* Delivers supplies and laboratory specimens to designated work areas.
* Maintains inventory reports and logs.

Department Specific Responsibilities:
* To measure intraocular pressure of mice.
* Studying trabecular meshwork cells in glaucoma models.
* Performing biochemical and molecular biology experiments, including tissue culture, animal care, animal breeding, dissection and tissue collection, sample preparations, PCR genotyping, SDS-PAGE and western blot.
* Perform lab managerial duties including overseeing the laboratory's animal colony, ordering supplies, and maintaining animal protocols and laboratory databases.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

* Bachelor's degree in science with relevant experience in eye research.
* Previous experience in glaucoma research including measurement of intraocular pressure and studying trabecular meshwork cells is preferred.
* Experience in molecular biology, tissue culture, animal handling, tissue harvesting, and histological analyses is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter with their online application.

Pay Rate
Salary Commensurate with Experience

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M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Research Assistant

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